Easy Plate AC is a microbiological culture device made up of a waterproof sheet, a readymade dry medium on the sheet and a transparent cover over the medium. The Easy Plate AC method is intended to indicate the level of aerobic bacteria in food products as an alternative to the Microbiological Methods (AOAC Official Method 966.23 and US Food and Drug Officials Bacteriological Analytical Manual Chapter 3).
It is compact, easy to use, and reduces the total amount of waste produced during testing. The Easy Plate AC method has been granted AOAC Research Institute Performance Tested Methods SM (041302) for raw beef, raw ground beef, roast beef, raw ground pork, Chinese barbeque pork, bacon, ham, cooked pork sausage, frankfurter, raw chicken, raw ground chicken, lettuce, blueberries, raw shrimp, raw salmon, raw tuna, pasteurized milk, natural cheese and dry pet food.
During preparation of the plates for incubation, no additional tools are required. This due to the hydrophobic ring around the culture area, which helps with the automatic spreading of the sample on the culture area.